On February 26, 2010, The Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, announced a Government-wide Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) to:
- Promote the use of Green IT by reducing the overall energy and real estate footprint of Government data centers
- Reduce the cost of data center hardware, software, and operations
- Increase the overall IT security posture of the Government, and
- Shift IT investments to more efficient computing platforms and technologies
The stated goals of this Government-wide Data Center Consolidation Initiative are:
- Consolidate data centers across the Federal Government to achieve cost savings, energy consumption reductions, optimal space usage, and improvements in IT asset usage.
- Use automation, standardization, and security ‘hardening’ of hardware and software platforms, including virtual hosts and virtual machines, to improve upon the implementation and monitoring of NIST 800-53 controls and FISMA compliance.
- Define and monitor standard operational metrics across Agencies, achieve efficiency gains and realize operational cost savings by improving Server (CPU) Utilization (%), Rack Space Utilization (%), Rack Floor Utilization (%), Power Usage / Square Foot and Power Usage Efficiency (PUE).
- Maintain cross-agency goals for highly available, scalable, and redundant data center infrastructure that substantially reduces the Government’s risk and provides for future IT growth.
The strategic objectives of the FDCCI (at a high level) are to:
- Reduce cost (via reduced energy use, reduced operational costs, etc.)
- Reduce environmental impact by reducing power consumption, optimized cooling, etc.
- Improve efficiency and service levels via automation
- Enhance business agility and effectively manage change
route7 offers Data Center Consolidation Assessment services geared towards effecting a seamless and efficient consolidation. Data Center Assessments provide two key benefits
- A clearer picture of a data center’s capacity, reliability, and vulnerabilities.
- Baseline data for developing a road map for future growth, upgrades, and expansion.
Assessments can focus on a specific technical feature or system, or may be broader in scope to encompass the full array of critical and non-critical systems that support the IT enterprise, including copper and fiber communications, and network/storage infrastructure. Assessments are often initiated to support a consolidation initiative, or in response to some event such as power or cooling shortfalls or system failures, or by anticipated conditions such as a new computing initiative, or change in management.
Assessments can identify capacity shortfalls and gaps in what was thought to be a robust redundant power or cooling topology. These gaps represent vulnerabilities that affect both reliability and availability, putting the datacenter at risk of unplanned outages. The figure below shows the route7 Assessment methodology as applied to a Data Center Consolidation Assessment initiative. We identify gaps through a combination of physical verification/observation and document review. We examine items including electrical one-line diagrams, utility bills, cooling system schematics, control diagrams, architectural and structural drawings, and the actual physical installation. We engage facilities and IT staff in a dialogue around how the facilities actually function and how they are operated and maintained. As the outcome of these meetings and examinations, our Assessment Report documents facility capacity and capabilities in the context of industry-recognized measures of data center reliability and availability, and ranks the severity of vulnerabilities.
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